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Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If you feel as if water gets into your ear then the use of an antibiotic ear drop can help prevent infection. You should speak to your ENT doctor about these drops. If you have not seen an ENT recently you should as perforations need to checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Perforated Eardrum (Definition)

Perforated eardrum is a tear in the ear drum. This can occur due to trauma, pressure trauma (a blast of air or water into the ear canal), or from an ear infection. Patients with a perforated eardrum may have reduced hearing and pain ...Read more


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If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

If I went swimming in a lake with  a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Can i go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: The beach is no problem. You should plug that ear so that no water gets in as this may lead to an infection. Use a plug that is waterproof. ...Read more

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Should I go to the hospital for a perforated eardrum?

See ENT: Probably don't have to rush to hospital unless you can't wait to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist(ent) as an outpatient. ...Read more

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I been to the doctors 3days ago they told me i had a perforated eardrum and give me tablets,I accenditly got water into it what is going to happen?

Possibly drainage: A perforated ear drum can be due to infection or trauma. Pills probably will not help. It is true that if a perforation exists, getting water in the ear canal and through the ear drum into the middle ear space can lead to an infection. ...Read more

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What's done for a perforated eardrum?

See below: See if it heals spontaneously, or surgically repair it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a perforated eardrum?

What are the symptoms of a perforated eardrum?

Drainage: Acute perforation of the tympanic membrane from infection will always be accompanied by drainage. If the perforation has been present for a long time there may be hearing loss but a small perforation may have little in the way of symptoms. ...Read more

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What happens after you have a perforated eardrum?

What happens after you have a perforated eardrum?

Most heal in 3 weeks: Those that do not heal withing 3 weeks should be evaluated by an ent. There is plenty we can do to fix eardrums. ...Read more

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Is it ok to fly with a perforated eardrum?

Absolutely: The ear with the perforation will be the happiest ear on the plane as it will have instantaneous pressure equalization and no problem whatsoever. Ear problems occur when the pressure outside the ear drum is significantly different than pressure inside the middle ear. With a hole that can't happen. ...Read more

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